For the first time since 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick and selected former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The area is abuzz with excitement for the Bucs news quarterback, one the fans and the organization hope becomes a franchise quarterback, and can lead the Buccaneers back to the playoffs for the first time since Jon Gruden roamed the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium.
PewterReport.com will chronicle Winston’s practice reports throughout camp, and his performances in the preseason games and during the regular season. Make sure to check back with PewterReport.com daily for our Winston Report.
Two days after his NFL debut that earned mixed reviews, Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and his teammates were back on the practice field, looking to improve on their performance from Saturday night.
Against the Vikings, Winston struggled early in the game, before completing the first pass of his NFL career on a 40-yard strike to wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Winston also tossed an interception, but did lead the team on two nice drives, with one culminating on an eight-yard touchdown run. Winston now leads all NFL first round rookies in rushing yards. Take that Mariota fans. We kid. Winston will never be confused with Steve Young or Steve McNair, but is considerably more mobile than Steve Deberg at least.
Monday’s practice began and looked like an almost exact carbon copy of the previous 11 ones with Winston, Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato spending time warming up and doing some footwork drills with QB coach Mike Bajakian. Next came a short period with Winston and the other quarterbacks working with just receivers, minus any defensive coverage. All three quarterbacks looked sharp in this drill.
Something that has been evident in most training camp practices, and in Saturday’s game against Minnesota, has been Winston’s slow starts. Many of Winston’s interceptions this camp have come in the initial 11-on-11 period, with the Bucs defense harassingTampa Bay’s signal caller with a number of looks and blitzes. On Monday Winston was able to start faster and and the results were much better. In the period Winston ended up 5-of-7 and didn’t throw an interception, although one pass was way off target and could have been a turnover going the other way. On the pass Winston was pressured but he still attempted to find a receiver over the middle, throwing off his back foot and sailing a ball that fortunately landed on the turf instead of in the hands of a defender.
Winston, like all NFL quarterbacks, is much more accurate when he is able to step up in the pocket and deliver the ball with authority. Tossing a ball up for grabs while falling back, and hoping for the best, is a recipe for disaster and something Winston got away with occasionally in college, but will draw the ire of offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter if it happens very often in the NFL. Other than that one poor decision, Winston was sharp and decisive with his throws.
The next period was the 7-on-7’s and once again Winston started this drill off fast, completing his first three passes, on underneath routes. Maybe that is the key to helping Winston get off to a faster start and allow him to develop some sort of rhythm. Winston continued to look solid in the period and had two nice deep balls, one to Robert Herron and another to running back Charles Sims. In the period Winston was 7-of-9 and still no interceptions.
In the final passing period of the day Winston finally threw an interception in a deep pass down the left sideline intended for Vincent Jackson. Bradley McDougald was playing center field on the jump ball and went up high over Jackson to snag the interception. For some reason Jackson made no effort to try and go up or even break up the pass, and McDougald made the uncontested pick.Winston ended up completing six-of-10 and had some nice throws to Luke Stocker, and Mike Evans.
Tampa Bay ended up cutting practice short and didn’t work on any red zone drills Monday.
Winston’s Unofficial Final Stats: 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) with 1 INT
PewterReport.com Practice Grade: C
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
News of the day for me was Kwon taking over as starting MLB. Glad to see Lovie doesn’t care how much you’re paid, or where you came from but how you play. Also after watching Moore, who I thought should’ve been on the most disappointing list, get torched Saturday, S Moore will be running with the ones at nickel. Gilkey, who once again had a terrible outing as back up center, has been replaced by Warren behind E Smith. Way to go Lovie, can’t have the same guys not getting better keep their jobs. I thought all three of these changes needed to be made after watching Saturday, and Lovie didn’t blink at doing just that, way to go.
Excuse me, I meant L Johnson.
Sorry Surferdude, but I rewatched the game last night and except for the two bad center-QB exchanges, Gilkey had a good game.
He ran and pass blocked well.
I’m no big fan of his, but I also hate to see a player become a scapegoat when it isn’t deserved.
Buc fans have a history of picking out one player and blaming everything on him except for the problems in the middle east.
I agree. When playing guard Gilkey looked good.
In order to dress on Sundays, he has to be able to back up both guard spots, and center. I don’t think he’s good enough to be a starting guard, and maybe you see something different then me, but he’s been a disaster everytime he’s played center, so what good is he?
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Well winston will improve espically in front of tampa bucs fans the next 2 preseason games-I’ll be down in florida to see what winston does against the Browns Go Bucs.
Someone has to train to be the back up center. Gilkey has little experience, so he got some and mistakes were made. That is what preseason is for. I’d rather he gets the experience and doesn’t have to play, than not get any and be forced to play with no experience and make the mistakes when it is a regular season game. Other than that I really have no opinion on his ability or performance.
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